2nd Great-grandfather 1868–1952
When Edward Emanuel Randall was born in 1868 in Shropshire, England, his father, Emmanuel, was 34 and his mother, Matilda, was 36. He married Isabella Marion Cowan and they had six children together. He then married Florence Ruby Stephenson in 1937 in Rockdale, New South Wales. He died on 8th July, 1952, in Manilla, New South Wales, at the age of 84, and was buried there.
Edward Emanuel Randall was born in 1868 in Wem, Shropshire and was baptized on 26th July of the same year.
Childhood in England
In April 1871 Edward aged two, was living with his mother, father and siblings Edith, Louisa, Reginald, Adolph and Herbert, in Tilley, Shropshire, England. Ten years later, in 1881, the family including Doris, aged nine years, was living in Abbey Mill House, Romsey, Hampshire: all members of the house were involved in leather board manufacture.
Plymouth to Maryborough
Edward Emanuel Randall, aged 20, left Buckinghamshire in 1888 and travelled to Plymouth, England where he boarded the barque Famenoth on 18th July and travelled to Queensland, Australia. The Famenoth arrived in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Queensland on 2nd November, 1888.
Australia and Police Business
After his arrival to Queensland, Edward quickly travelled south to New South Wales. He settled in the New England and northern districts of New South Wales.
On 1st April, 1889 he was appointed to the Police Force as Probationary Constable No. 5755. He served as a Police Officer for the next 39 years until his retirement in 1928. During his career he was stationed at the northern centres of Woodenbong, Grafton, Glen Innes, Emmaville, Guy Fawkes, Uralla and Armidale. For nearly fifteen years he was Officer-In-Charge at Uralla.
Edward Emanuel Randall married Isabella Marion Cowan on 16th August, 1892, in the Manse at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Grafton, New South Wales, when he was 24 years old.
Children of Edward Emanuel Randall and Isabella Marion Cowan
Six children were born to Edward and Isabella Randall at various locations, during a period of 16 years from 1893 to 1909:
- Lionel Eric was born on 19th May, 1893, in Grafton, New South Wales, passed away February 1962 in Richmond River, New South Wales
- Herbert Cyril Raymond was born in 1894 in Casino, New South Wales, passed away 24th June, 1973, in St Leonards, New South Wales
- Ruby Norma was born on 2nd June, 1897, in Glen Innes, New South Wales, passed away 17th April, 1980, in Pendle Hill, New South Wales
- Vivien Doris was born on 15th March, 1902, in Emmaville, New South Wales, passed away 23rd December, 1972, in Manilla, New South Wales
- Mona Leola was born on 25th May 25, 1904, in Armidale, New South Wales, passed away in 1979 in New South Wales
- Sybil Daphne was born in 1909 in Uralla, New South Wales, passed away 20th December, 1982, in Sutherland, New South Wales
On 21st May 1928, Edward Emanuel Randall retired from the New South Wales Police Force. He had achieved the rank of Police Sergeant 1st Class. After 39 years’ service the rate of pension for Sergeant Randall (1st Class) was 23 shillings per day, less 3 per cent.
Death of First Wife
His wife Isabella Marion Cowan passed away on 15th June, 1929, in Armidale, New South Wales, at the age of 60. They had been married 36 years.
Armidale to Bexley
Following the death of his wife, Edward continued to live in Faulkener Street, Armidale until he moved in the early 1930’s to Sydney, New South Wales. In Sydney he lived with his youngest daughter Sybil in Highworth Avenue, Bexley. It was during this time that Edward met Florence Ruby Stephenson who was to become his second wife.
Edward Emanuel Randall married Florence Ruby Stephenson in 1937 in Rockdale, New South Wales, when he was 69 years old.
Back to the Northern Districts of NSW
Edward returned to the Northern Districts of New South Wales with Florence and they settled in the town of Kempsey. His spare time was taken up with the sport of “Greyhound Racing”, not only did Edward breed and race greyhounds, but he was also a stipendiary steward at local tracks.
He had an accident when dismounting his horse in July 1941, a couple of the fingers of his right hand were caught in the saddle, and the top joint of the third finger was torn off. Edward sought treatment at Armidale hospital, and the second joint of the finger had to be amputated.
Both Edward and Florence later moved from Kempsey and settled in Cuerindi, New South Wales. Cuerindi is near Manilla, New South Wales, Australia.
Edward Emanuel Randall died on 8th July, 1952, in the District Hospital, Manilla, New South Wales, when he was 84 years old. Edward had enjoyed good health until mid-June 1952, when he suddenly took ill, the attack necessitating his removal to Manilla Hospital.
He left two sons and four daughters and all were present at the funeral service at Manilla General Cemetery, where the interment took place.
His second wife, Florence Ruby Stephenson, died in 1965 at Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, aged 75 years.